I love this photo from the recent wedding of Nick and Sandy, it’s not technically perfect, its not shot in perfect light, the composition is a little off and its not pin sharp – all the things that some photographers say you need in a photo… but I don’t care about what other photographers say, I only care about capturing people enjoying their wedding day with friends and family – this photo (IMHO) is epic because of the emotions within the picture.
I’m not taking photos for other photographers, don’t give a damn what they think; I’m taking pictures for couples who like how I shoot and the results I get – they are what’s important to me.
So my advice – don’t worry what other photographers say about your work; worry what your potential clients want and think of your work.
These three images show so much emotion, so much love and show why I believe in documentary / candid wedding photography.
I mingle, I shoot the things that I believe matter to people, I may have to get my elbows out to get in position, but I believe in allowing moments to happen and me and my Fuji’s capture those moments.
Since moving from Canon I have seen a more relaxed response to the Fuji cameras, people don’t feel intimidated by the little Fuji’s – the Canon 5D3 did put people off – its too big for the way I now enjoy shooting.
My personal mantra the last few months has been “moments matter”, its something that I strongly believe in and anticipating those moments is something that comes with experience, its something that I’m working on every day – even walking the streets I’m seeing moments, I’m seeing expressions, I’m seeing things that might turn into something; all this helps when shooting documentary-style weddings.
One of the shots I always try to capture is the Groom looking stressed or nervous; on a recent wedding I didn’t think this type of shots was going to happen as the Groom (Dave) was so unstressed he had everything under control.
But… as soon as the registrar was in, family and friends were sat down and as the music started… this moment happened, and with the trusty Fuji XT1 and the 56 F1.2 it didn’t let me down.
Nicole is a friend of my wife so there was added pressure in taking the official photos for her and Ian’s wedding.
This shot was taken just after the ceremony, the door at the back on the right was where the ceremony had been held.
You could see throughout the early part of the morning that Ian was not comfortable with the focus and attention was on him and Nicole, and this shot captures that sense of “We’ve Done – Quick Run!!!”
Once the couple had finished their vowels, I waited for them to walk down the aisle and capture some shots of them leaving, I then dashed outside to the corridor and expected to capture some relief shots, If I’m honest I wasn’t expecting to capture this type of shot, but I had the correct settings and the flash was ready to go, in the end, I captured a few shots and this was my favourite composition.
Post-processing for this shot involved quite a bit of removal work as the hotel where the wedding was held had plenty of fire exit signs and on the left-hand side was a set of fire extinguishers.